Smarssen Portable Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor Review


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I’ve been working on getting my life back to healthy. Part of what I wanted to do was keep track of my heart rate while I was working out, so I jumped at the chance to try out the Smarssen Heart Rate Monitor.

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I’ve been able to use it a couple times since it arrived and here are my general thoughts.

  1. It’s very comfortable to wear. I’m a larger sized girl and was about to get it around my chest with no issue. The band is soft and I barely notice it once on.
  2. Make sure you wet the receptors well. If they’re not properly moistened it won’t connect correctly.
  3. It doesn’t have it’s own app (at least that I could find on Android). This is my only real complaint; I would have preferred it came with an app. It does connect to most sport apps without a problem, however, most of those apps require a subscription to track heart rate. I did find one that did it for free, but it tracked only a few activities. I did end up paying for an app, which it does connect to easily.

Verdict: If you already have a sports app you love and just want to add a heart rate monitor this one will do nicely.

 

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Vomelon V6 Bluetooth Headphone Review


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I’ve been dying for some bluetooth headphones for a while. I absolutely hate when I’m in the gym and I get my arm caught in the cord, especially if it means that I unplug the headphones. So, I was super excited to try out Vomelon V6 Bluetooth Headphones.

Let’s start with the positive. I loved the sound quality of the headphones. It was crisp and crystal clear. Also, they’re get a good range. I left my cell in the living room and when to my bedroom, which is on the other side of my apartment, and barely had any break up. So, the 30 feet connection seems very accurate. I can definitely see me using them when I’m cleaning the house since my laptop speakers aren’t super loud.

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What else do I like? Well, I love that the buttons for volume and prev/next are easily reached. I also love how easy it is to pair with devices. I hooked it up to both my laptop and phone in 5 seconds or less.

Now for the bad. And none of these are super bad, but just things I didn’t really like. For me, the headphones are slightly uncomfortable. This could just been my ear shape but neither ear pad size really worked for me.I wore them for a little over an hour and by that point I had to take them off. This isn’t really a huge deal because really all I’ll do is take off the ear pads from old headphone that I know are comfortable for me.

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My other complaint is that the buttons can be rather sensitive. When I was using it with my laptop, I noticed that when I turned my head to the right, which is where the volume/skip buttons are, my song would try to skip. I did notice this as much when I used my phone, but it happened on multiple songs/every time I did it when hooked to the laptop.

You can receive calls as well as there’s a built on microphone. I tested it with family member and while she could hear me said I sounded like I was in a tunnel. I imagine this is how I sound on speaker phone as well. So, microphone is okay quality, but not stellar. Thankfully, I want these more for listening to music than talking, so it’s not a huge issue for me.

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Final Verdict: Decent bluetooth headphones, especially for the price ($20). A few small complaints, but nothing too troubling.

You Are Amazing Body Wash & Mist Review

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Okay, so I’ve been You Are Amazing body wash and body mist for a couple of weeks now and I have NOTHING but good things to say. Before I get into the details, I did want to say that all products are paraben and phthalate-free.

Let’s start with the body wash. I was given three different samples: Mango Papaya, Coconut Water, and Lemon Meringue. Right away, I could smell the Mango Papaya and smelt so good. And while all three scents are nice, my favorite is the Lemon Meringue. Seriously, every time I use I feel like I’m in a bake shop.

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Now, the body wash is a bit thin, so I’ve had to use a bit more than normal. However, the bottles are 16 fl oz and HUGE. I’ve been using it every day for over a month and I’ve barely made a dent in the bottle. I would easy go out and buy more of this once I’ve used up the bottle.

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The other product I was given to try out was the body mist. The three scent I was given were:  Blooming Bouquet, Eucalyptus Mint, & Vanilla Bean.  All three scents have a very nice smell, but I’m partial to the Blooming Bouquet.  I spray a little on each morning and it lasts for several hours. Each bottle is 6 fl oz, which again I’ve barely put a dent in.  (Side Note: I love the Lemon Meringue smell so much I will be going out and buying a bottle of the mist as well!)

Additional information:

Available scents: Blooming Bouquet, Eucalyptus Mint,  Juicy Grapefruit, Lavender Fields, Mango Papaya, Coconut Water, Lemon Meringue & Vanilla Bean.
Price: $3.99, available only @ Target

Other Products: Body Lotion & Body Scrub

Now, for my favorite part. I love, love, love companies that give back. You Are Amazing has partnered up with Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, to provide leadership development training to empower girls to change the world. I love that every purchase helps move this plan a little further. It’s an excellent cause and one that makes me love You Are Amazing products even more.

Final Verdict: Quality product at a good price. Bonus points for giving back!

NeoProMedical Ankle Support Review


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About a month ago I sprained my ankle  and it’s been a rather slow heal. While most of the time it’s okay, when I’m on my feet a lot the injury seems to flair up. So, I figured NeoProMedical Ankle Support would be a great product to wear on those busy days and when I’m exercising.

The support is made out of a neoprene material that is stretchable and should fit most sizes (up to an 11″ feet arch circumference). I’ve worn it several times all day and it’s been mostly very comfortable (more on that in a second). It’s much easier to use and offers better support than the ace bandages I’ve been wearing.

My only real complaint would be I wish the strap going around the ankle was just a tad bit longer. My ankles must be a bit on the bigger side because that strap is pretty tight and at times uncomfortable. I usually have to fiddle with it a couple of times to find a position that not digging into my skin. I’m hoping that the strap with stretch with use though and that soon it won’t be an issue.

Final verdict: Great support if you have a sprained ankle or need extra ankle support. At only $10 you’re getting a higher quality than most bandage wraps you can buy in store.

Ethereal Wellness Essential Oils Review


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This Ethereal Wellness Essential Oil Set  comes with 6 popular scents: tea tree, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint, and orange. The oils are supposed to be 100% pure and they have been certified by the Good Manufacturing Practice of Cosmetics and they conform to the purity standards set by the International Fragrance Association.  Each bottle should contain approx. 154 drops and have a 2 year shelf life.

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The box they are shipped in is tightly packed to prevent spills and what not. However, I found it to be maybe a little too tight. I had significant trouble getting even just the lid off. And I had to break the box a bit to get the oils out.

I’ll also admit that the oils are a bit on the strong side for me. These are ones that without a doubt need to be diluted before using. I personally will have to decide if I want to keep them or give them away to a friend. Even just opening a few of the bottles and taking a small smell caused a headache for me. However, I am very sensitive to smells, so I doubt this is a typical reaction. It it hard for me to judge if I like the scents though because of this. I may try to make a few scrubs and try out the scents a bit more that way.

I also really like the e-book that you get with this set. It breaks down all the different oils, gives you a bit of background on each, and even gives you tips on how to use them. Many of the oils have multiple and can help with anything from allergy relief to household cleaning.

Final Verdict: Not my favorite of the oils that I own or try, but if you’re looking into essential oils this is a decent set to look at.

i2Gear Armband + Extender Review


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Today’s review is on i2Gear Armband + Extender Review. Here’s the 411 on some of the features

  • Comes with an armband extender that’ll fit an arm size of 20 inches
  • Elastic band to keep phone in place
  • Earphone holder/strap
  • Small pocket inside to hold key or other small object

I love, love LOVE that it comes with an arm extender. My arm size is in this weird place where the normal band almost fits but not quite. The extender made it so I could actually still use the armband on my arm and not somewhere weird like my forearm. I will say that depending on your arm size, there is a small spot that doesn’t have velcro were the bands connect that if you need it to sit in that spot it could be a problem. I thought I was going to be in that area, but I was able to get just past it and be fine. It does take me a bit to get it in a comfortable spot, but that’s the joys of any armband.

I have a S7 and not the edge so it’s a bit big for my phone (even with the case on), but the elastic strap holds it in place so it doesn’t really matter. It nestles nicely at the bottom and I’ve noticed no slipping/moving once it’s in place. There’s a bit of gap, but I don’t mind that at all.

There’s also a spot where you could slide a key & plenty of room for an id as well. The compartment zips up, which helps make everything feel more secure. I also love the earphone holder, I’ve found running my cord through that area helps it from catching on my arm when I’m running.

The plastic screen is thin enough that I can still use the touch screen with no issues. I have both a fingerprint and swipe pattern in place, so when it’s in the case I just use the swipe pattern to unlock the phone. Helpful since I listen to music and use a Couch to 5k app when I run.

Final Verdict: Best armband I’ve owned to date & at $13 isn’t much more expensive than other armbands.

Aleratec 4 Tablet Charging Rack Review


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I mainly was interested in Aleratec 4 Tablet Charging Rack for work. I have 4 iPads that we use for various programs and what not. I usually have them stacked on each other, but loved having them actually be in a rack. And I figured we can use it as a general holder as well.

Okay, okay, enough about why I got them and let’s get onto what I think. Generally, it’s works very well. I was able to get 4 iPads with cases into it with no problem. There was no tipping or moving or any other worry that the iPads may fall out. This is especially good since the rack is made of lightweight plastic. It feels flimsy, but so far it hasn’t shown any signs that it is. I do wish it was made of maybe a heavier metal though. I would like that heft feel even if it isn’t needed.

There is an order that you have to place the tablets in. When loading them in you need to go left to right and then reverse the order when taking them out. I did pull one out at random without issues, but since it’s what the manufacturer recommends, I’d stick with it. Also, the screens should be facing the left.

Final Verdict: Overall, it’s a solid charging rack that does exactly as it says. For $10, it worth a shot even if the material isn’t metal.